cut throat

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cut (someone's) throat

To bring about or be the cause of someone's ruin, downfall, or failure. That discount supermarket is cutting our throats, there's no way we can compete with their prices! Jim set out to cut his brother's throat after finding out that he'd been swindled.
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cut one's (own) throat

Fig. [for someone] to bring about one's (own) failure. If I were to run for office, I'd just be cutting my throat. Judges who take bribes are cutting their own throats.
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References in classic literature ?
So they bought shrouds, and laying them in a convenient place prepared to cut their throats.
muttered the white man, on whom the sole control of their future movements appeared to devolve; "it would be time lost to cut their throats, and cast them into the river; and to leave them here would be to tell the Mingoes that they have not far to seek to find their owners
I had no will that these two friends should cut their throats for my sake.
Charles Adair QC, prosecuting, said Stone told police: "I planned to stab Adams and McGuinness and cut their throats.
Two brave policemen saw the knifeman who cut their throats jailed for 11 years.
He had told an RSPCA inspector: "I hit them with a hammer to stun them and then I cut their throats.
Sergeant Sunil Ratnayake detained the four Tamil adults, three teenagers and one five-year-old in 2000, then cut their throats and buried them in a mass grave in the northern Jaffna peninsula, the Colombo High Court heard.
A police spokesman said: "When the couple reached there, they tied them with ropes and the girl's father cut their throats.
The only thing this government hasn't done to the working class is cut their throats.
Once inside he raped the children, threatened to cut their throats and told them he would cut their parents' throats if they did not do as he said.
McBeth said: "For instance, with Mr Warner, the English are over there spending a lot of money on women's football and refereeing where he would happily cut their throats.
I cut their throats,'' said Beltran, crying on the tape.
The demonstration passed off peacefully although 3 men cut their throats with razor blades apparently in protest at the verdict).
He had found three cuts on the goats throats - the first cut would not have worked and it took a number of attempts to cut their throats successfully.